Eight Silverdale Wells
6th May 2012
is almost three month since our last GLW. Where
has the time gone?
has wanted me to take her round the Wells of Silverdale
since the BOOTboys
visit in February last year (BB1103).
Given how long we have lived up here and our former
connection to Far Arnside, it is remarkable that neither
us knew much about this area.
OS map shows nine wells in the vicinity of Silverdale.
One is out on a south-east limb, at Slackwood
Farm, and did not look publicly accessible. However,
it seemed that the other eight could be linked into
a circular walk.
days have been in short supply recently, particularly
when we have been able to get out (one reason for the
dearth of GLWs) but today looked good, although there
was the likelihood of some cloud passing through. Exactly
left the car in the parking area just north
of The Row and headed northish on the path
not marked on the map but clearly a legitimate
access track through the wood to King William's
reaching the bridle path we turned left
along the trail heading south west. My
plan had been first to visit the Woodlands
well but Margaret's stomach was calling
so we decided to climb up to the Pepperpot
first as a prelude.
Queen Victoria Jubilee Monument 1887 provides
an excellent viewpoint and lunch stop.
No. 1: Elmslack
back down the hill, more or less on the route, we turned
left back onto the bridle path. The map showed
the well as being close to where we joined the path
above Elmslack but it took a bit of ferreting around
before discovering that it was actually on the other
side of a rather high garden wall. The word "well"
gives a bit of a wrong impression, as we ought to know
as the OS map shows a well marked in our garden but,
nowadays at least, it is nothing more than a boggy hole
about two feet wide. This one was a small stone
surrounded structure but access for a clearer view was
along the track were three much larger structures seemingly
for holding water, for what purpose we could not tell.
Not wells, however.
turned right (south) down past Woodlands.
It seems that this was once a pub
but we got the impression those days were
well is shown as being across a field on
the right so public access was not available.
saw a small fenced off area in the right
place so presumed that to be the well.
No 3: Cove Well
benefit of changing the intended order meant that we
were able to wander through the north part of Silverdale
past some rather fine houses before tuning down the
minor road to Cove Well.
map suggests that it is just at the end of the track
directly before it reaches the stony beach. Nothing
was to be seen there but there were raised areas on
each side. Both were heavily overgrown so an examination
revealed nothing other than some pretty cowslips!
No. 4: Scout Wood
is at the other end of the village so we
followed the coastal path, with its fine
views, before cutting up, almost to the
Silverdale Hotel and wiggled our way through
the village before reaching the path heading
south-easterly through Scout Wood.
we found the most distinct well with a large
pool gathering the water and filled with
plants, not yet in bloom.
is also very accessible by car, judging
by the vehicles parked nearby.
No. 5: Silverdale Village
path north up the cliff is not for the faint hearted.
The climb is steep and could be tricky in the
wet. Even on a dry day, those with severe vertigo
or mobility problems would better find another way round.
reaching the road, there is a well marked on the left
hand side, seemingly enclosed by walls. Again,
the well is on private property and there is a sharp
drop down a limestone cliff face running along the side
of the road, We debated whether the well was at
the top or bottom of the cliff. Margaret, logically
from her geographer's point of view, thought the well
would be below the cliff. I, on the other hand,
put my faith in the map makers and presumed it to be
at the top. I convinced myself that I saw a stone
covered something, exactly where marked on the map but
I have to admit that as access was impossible, the evidence
more interest was a road with impressive gate posts
that once must have guarded an impressive house or estate.
There was also a strange extremely high wall on
the boundary between two properties. Remains of
the old mansion, perhaps?
No. 6: Burton Well
heading east along road then bridle path,
we came on Burton Well exactly where it
should have been, below a limestone cliff.
at least the holding structure was there
like a mini swimming pool.
how the water reached it was not entirely
No: 7: Bank Well
before the path reaches the road, there is a large pond,
filled with water irises, that, if not the well itself,
is clearly the consequence of the well. Just from
whence the water emerges to fill this area is something
that perhaps we did not sufficiently explore.
No. 8: The Row
is a footpath that goes round the back of The Row. The
Well is easily seen as it has a hand pump at its head.
It is what you conventionally think of as a well.
The water could be seen down the structure and
its top was guarded by a strong grid.
here, it was a short walk back to the car park, past
some interesting house and garden features, one with
meercats, another with a pond but not the result of
a well as far as the map is concerned.
summary, a good walk even without the wells but they
certainly added to its interest.
5th May 2012
5.2 miles; Height climbed:
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